Tag Archives: English and Business

TOEIC’s popularity on the rise

This article looks at the increasing numbers of people taking the TOEIC test, as it challenges Eiken, at companies that use TOIEC as a measure of English ability, and at universities that support their students in studying for or taking … Continue reading

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TOEIC revisions mean big change in English study

This article looks at changes to the TOIEC test in 2006, mainly including British, American, Canadian and Australian accents, and the argument that this makes the test more authentic, as well as the increasing use of TOEIC by companies in … Continue reading

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English at work in Japan

This article by Kimie Takahashi discusses the decisions by companies such as Rakuten and Uniqlo to make English their company language. It looks briefly at the arguments in favour of this move, such as preparing Japanese companies for globalization, but … Continue reading

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Rakuten’s all-English edict a bold move, but risky too

Internet shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. surprised the public by announcing early this year it will make English its official language by 2012.¬†All internal meetings will be in English whether foreigners are present or not. Board meetings and weekly all-company … Continue reading

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Japan far behind in global language of business

This article compares attitudes to and policies for learning and using English in Japan with Korea, and China, looking at issues such as study abroad in English-speaking countries, English classes at elementary school level, English in business, and testing of … Continue reading

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Firms tie English to survival

The recent moves by up-and-coming companies such as Rakuten Inc. and Fast Retailing Co., who run Uniqlo, to adopt English as their official in-house language by 2012 reveal their resolve to compete globally to survive. This article look at the … Continue reading

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Companies going all-out in English

Enhancing employee English-language skills has become a high-priority management challenge for Japanese corporations, regardless of their size and industry. This is especially true for companies whose survival hinges on developing new customers or clients in foreign markets. They are focusing … Continue reading

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